Dorothea Lasky | ROME

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Dorothea Lasky
Assistant Professor
Poetry professor Dorothea Lasky's newest collection, ROME, was published this month by Liveright, an imprint of W.W. Norton. It joins three other books in her body of work, Thunderbird (Wave 2012), Black Life (Wave 2010) and AWE (Wave 2007), and three chapbooks, The Blue Teratorn (YesYes 2012), Matter: A Picturebook (Argos 2012) and Poetry is Not A Project (Ugly Duckling Presse 2010).

In a rhetorical technique perhaps not as often applied to men, women who publish poetry are frequently oriented by reviewers in relation to the female poets who have preceded them. In a review for Feministing, Isabel Ortiz notes Lasky's ambivalence about being called a confessional poet: "In one of Rome's first poems, 'Never Did Amount to Anything,' Lasky riffs on this critical tendency by staging the comparisons as something like a lame role play scene with an ex: 'I would have been ok being Plath / but instead I'm Sexton.' Though we can dismiss with relative certainty claims that Lasky has appointed herself head of a post-confessional 'school' of poetry – in her 2010 chapbook, 'Poetry is not a Project,' she argues against the notion of poetic agendas, linking directed language of creative purpose to art world notions of marketing and commerce – Lasky nonetheless publicly and affectionately bares her debt to women poets of the past."

Lasky's poetry has been published in The New Yorker, The Paris Review and the Boston Review, among other publications. She holds a BA from Washington University in St. Louis and an MFA in poetry from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. In addition to being a prolific writer, Lasky is a committed educator; she earned a master of education from Harvard University and a PhD in creativity and education from the University of Pennsylvania, and she was a co-editor of the book Open The Door: How to Excite Young People About Poetry (McSweeney's 2013).


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